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Marketing Strategies to Assist with Full Enrollment

In June, OHS released a program instruction to remind designees about the requirement to maintain full enrollment for the upcoming school year. “This Program Instruction (PI) reiterates the importance of full enrollment. It also outlines the authority of OHS to designate an agency as Chronically Underenrolled and recapture, withhold, or reduce the base grant for…

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Head Start Can Provide Structure and Consistency for New Immigrant Families

In 1977, Head Start began its first bilingual and bicultural programs. 40 years later, Head Start continues to build productive relationships with families by respecting and responding appropriately to the culture, language, values, and family structures of each family they work with. In fact, it’s a requirement. Immigration as a policy matter has been a…

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Concerns and Strategies on Attaining Full Enrollment

It’s been two months since the Office of Head Start announced the full enrollment initiative, detailing its plans to reach a goal of 100% enrollment nationally throughout the program. Since then, it’s been top of mind for everyone attending our on-site trainings and conference workshops. We’d like to share some of the concerns we’re hearing…

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Serving Homeless Children in Head Start

Children in temporary housing (often combined into one group using the catch-all term “homeless”) are one of the most difficult to serve populations for early childhood education programs.  According to a document by the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS), children in temporary housing are half as likely to…

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OHS Announces Full Enrollment Initiative

Last week, Office of Head Start (OHS) issued a program instruction on its website called the “Full Enrollment Initiative.” In it, OHS details its plans to ensure that each Head Start designee “enroll 100 percent of its funded enrollment and maintain active waiting lists at all times with ongoing outreach to the community and activities…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Improving Head Start Attendance

In our final installment of the ERSEA Cheat Sheet series, we will talk about Attendance. Attendance is an ongoing activity, requiring regular monitoring and an all hands on deck mentality. As with all of the steps of ERSEA, the important part is to have a plan. How will you encourage regular attendance? And how will…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Smoothing the Enrollment Process

Do you find that enrolling a child in Head Start takes a lot of work? Here are some ways that you can make the process smoother in you program. Have a good waiting list Having a good waiting list is the first step, so when a child leaves unexpectedly, you have a few children ready…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Selection without Tears

If you’re doing a good job with recruitment, selection will be a tough job. Say you have 100 slots, and a waiting list of 200. How can you make your job easier? How can you select the neediest children, without spending all of your workweek on it? Can you avoid the tears and angry phone…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Recruiting the Neediest Children in Head Start

As part of our ongoing blog series about ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance), we’re going to focus on the second part – Recruitment. (See our previous ERSEA cheat sheet blog about Eligibility.) Head Start Performance Standards, section 1302.13, reads: “Recruitment of children. In order to reach those most in need of services, a program…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Eligibility

Who is eligible for Head Start services? There are many components to a Head Start Program. Each program may have different options such as home-based, center-based, prenatal program. Eligibility is the longest section in the Performance standards. Yes, it’s that detailed and important! For every family that applies to your program, the first step is…

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